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Mine: What Isn’t

I don’t think I’ve ever known for sure who I am.

I know that I’m short. Reasonably intelligent. Good at soccer. Bad at bowling.

But intrinsically, I’ve never really known. And that never really bothered me until now.

As my recent English studies so kindly pointed out, who I think I am doesn’t matter – what matters is everything else around me.

Supposedly, I am the TV show I watch when I’m procrastinating. I am the people I surround myself with so as not to be alone. I am the brand of deodorant I refuse to go without.

I am a product of my surroundings. A product of my context.

The first thing that really scares me is that middle word.

Product.

‘Product’ suggests that I am a commodity. ‘Product’ suggests that I exist to be manipulated and exploited. ‘Product’ suggests that none of me means anything.

The second thing that scares me is the tiny attention span of today’s society. That I’m disposable. That one day, the world will be done with me. That one day, I’ll try my absolute hardest to succeed at whatever it is I’m doing and be met with a simple, monotone “Next.”

In a world where we are all facing the same pressures – the media, the politicians, the economy – how much of me is really unique?

Everything about me – my adamant opinions, my choices, my actions, however well considered and meticulously planned – is a conglomerate of everything around me. It’s all me, but none of it is mine. That’s the third thing that scares me, and the worst.

What if none of me is mine?

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Let’s Talk Vegemite

Hiya!!

I feel as an Aussie, I have an obligation to you all to strip poor, beloved Vegemite of its stigma and shame. Here are 3 myths and 3 facts about this tasty spread.

Myth #1: All Australians live on Vegemite.
It’s true, most of us like Vegemite. Most of us. There are still people who hate the stuff. Also, we aren’t really that addicted. It’s not weird.

Myth #2: It’s just salty Nutella.
You’re eating it wrong. Spread it like Nutella and you will legit die.

Myth #3: Vegemite chocolate is Australian’s new favourite thing.
Let’s be real here; tried it a few days ago, concluded it tastes like salted caramel but more Australian, ate more, very happy. There were also people around me who detested it. Unique tastebuds, people. 

Now for some real talk.

Fact #1: ALL YOU SILLY PEOPLE EATING IT ON TV AS A JOKE, STOP.
This includes YouTube, Vine and Instagram. Unless you are an Aussie, it is likely that you aren’t trained in the art of eating Vegemite, and it saddens me when people do it wrong and then criticize Oz.
Step 1, make toast. Step 2, butter the toast. Step 3, spread a LITTLE Vegemite on it. You should still be able to see your toast. Stop putting it on spoons, you lot. No one does that.

image from www.reddit.com

CORRECT. Image from http://www.reddit.com

Fact #2: Tastes great with avocado, tomato and/or cheese.
On a sandwich or toast. Or bread roll. Or sourdough. Or a wrap.

Fact #3: It cures a number of ailments.
The high salt content makes it good for mouth ulcers (stings a LOT but what can you do) as well as being the perfect food for when you have a stomach bug, flu or cold.

Vegemite really is great, you just gotta know your facts. Mate.

Xx Loony

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Why Do I Write?

Hi Guys!!

I am on school holidays, which is great.. my only problem is that I always spend waaaaaaaay too much time doing nothing (i.e. watching TV) and I always feel like I never do anything in the holidays. This is a big problem these hols especially on account of the speech I have to do next week. I’m going to write about writing (original, hey?) which I thought would be easy. Haha, I even make myself laugh. No. This is completely impossible. My thoughts are too scattery to make sense and I’m having trouble working out how to make my audience relate to my word-nerd self.

That’s why I’m going ahead and doing a stream-of-consciousness post in the hopes that having my thoughts written down helps. Of course, if anyone wants to offer suggestions, they’re welcome. Here goes.

Why Do I Write?

Why do people do anything? We do things because we have to because if we don’t there will be consequences, or we do things because we want to.

I write for the latter, as is probably obvious. I write because words make me something more than myself. I’m not trying to say that I feel weak and that words empower me (so cliche ugh) but I feel like when I have a pen in my hands or a keyboard beneath my fingers I am more than what people see when they look at me. Like everyone who meets me in the real world is seeing me through glasses tinted by “she’s smart” or “she’s weird” or “she’s that girl who did that thing that time.” When I posted my first good post I was amazed at the response. People cared. Of course I have amazing friends and family in my life who care, but they know me. These people cared not because of anything I say or do or am but because I wrote something that connected with them and if I can connect with people without them even seeing my face, what a thing to have achieved! To be someone cool and interesting because I am cool and interesting, not because my facade or the predetermined opinions of others are. This is real. This is unbiased gratitude to me for being good at something. These people who say I’ve invoked a memory or brightened their day, they don’t know me. All I’ve given them to go on is a few words on a page, but don’t think that I am a fraud in this format. I think I share more with the written word than I ever could in a conversation. I can write a thousand ways to say “I love you” but it’s impossible to say out loud sometimes. When I write things down I put myself on the paper in a way I lack the confidence to do for real. The people who read my writing are seeing more than me. I don’t know how I can be more than myself, but somehow I understand that there are people I have known for years that will never know me, because I haven’t chosen to show myself to them. I’m not saying that you can read my writing and know me inside and out but it’s the only way I can really say anything. I’m not perfect. I am socially awkward and I don’t like public speaking. I say stupid things a lot and I am very annoying, but the people who read my writing don’t know that. They know the things that matter more, and in that way, writing is something I could never give up for fear of disappearing without it.

Xx Loony

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